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33 minutes ago, MrsMoo2 said:

Guess what?? Daughter got into school choir!! 😭😭😭 More timetable clashes!! Yay for us! 🤣🤣🤣🤣😂

I can relate... it's a bit of a double edged sword when they do well at things isn't it?

My boys are taking part in an engineering type competition next week. Last year their team won the regional competition and then did sufficiently well at the nationals to get through to the international final. It was an awesome experience for them but a logistical and hugely time consuming nightmare for parents. I'm glad they've had that opportunity, but I know I'm not the only one of last year's parents who is secretly hoping that they don't win the heat next week......bad mummy....

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Every-time DD makes a school team I despair as although matches should finish in time to get back before the end of school they inevitably over run and/or the coach gets stuck in traffic and then there is the rush to dance class not to mention the risk of injury.  Thankfully she managed exams last term without injury and the bruises could be covered by make-up!

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Yep, it would be helpful if DD only danced and we only had to try to fit in various classes (which in itself is a mission).  Sporting and other commitments are lovely but just add even more stress for all of us! Ah well, wouldn’t know what to do with ourselves if we were un-stressed 😉

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Yes, I'm currently trying to make this term's diary work. I've found three serious clashes so far, but I"m sure more will appear as people send me details of timings. Trying to balance things between siblings is hard, too.

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I'm so incredibly pleased my dd dance school change to fit with associates and CAT scheme. The timetable has been adjusted quite a few times to fit in with my dd training (lots of vocal/social media complaints from other parents though!). Thankfully the teacher will not be swayed by childish parents and my dd has just been given a main role in a new group dance.......the teacher put a post out on our group page aswell to highlight the fact that the place was fully deserved as my dd works much harder to keep up with everything. It means a great deal to my dd as she had felt a little excluded recently.

 

I had noticed some teachers had issues with CAT for some reason. My dd teacher is a massive supporter of them but local schools say how awful the teachers are. I've found the CAT staff to be so amazing in all areas. The teachers have been in contact frequently the last week awaiting the results of last weeks Elmhurst audition. 

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2 hours ago, Sarah2203 said:

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I had noticed some teachers had issues with CAT for some reason. My dd teacher is a massive supporter of them but local schools say how awful the teachers are. I've found the CAT staff to be so amazing in all areas. The teachers have been in contact frequently the last week awaiting the results of last weeks Elmhurst audition. 


i wonder if 'Sunday League' managers for  kids teams are so dismissive if their players get into the academies for  football or rugby ... 

given   CAT schemes  style themselves as ' same  quality  (and quantity)  of  teaching  as going away to vocational school'  ... 

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54 minutes ago, Nicola H said:


i wonder if 'Sunday League' managers for  kids teams are so dismissive if their players get into the academies for  football or rugby ... 

given   CAT schemes  style themselves as ' same  quality  (and quantity)  of  teaching  as going away to vocational school'  ... 

From my, admittedly limited experience of kids sports, I think the attitude is very different. Certainly my son's club coaches really encourage their kids to get involved in opportunities that arise at a higher level, and even courses etc that other clubs are running.

I've got a theory on why it's different. I could be wrong, but it makes sense to me! I think it hinges on two factors. First is that most children's sports clubs and teams are community groups run by volunteers - nobody is trying to make a living out of them as a rule. Most local dance schools however are small businesses with at least one, possibly several teachers dependent on the income. Second is that sports tend to have national organising bodies, and quite a clearly defined pathway for young players to progress along. And whilst as you move further along that pathway the staff are professionals, they tend to be employed by the governing body and, depending on the sport, the costs of the training may be quite heavily subsidised. This contrasts again with dance where there are all kinds of schemes, many different paths to take, and the providers of the training are again largely private businesses. So I think some teachers are afraid of losing good pupils to other providers, partly because of the direct income from those pupils being lost, but also because they then lose the ability to "showcase" those dancers to attract new pupils. I've certainly heard of some teachers who think that if pupils attends associate scheme etc it is giving the message that their school can't provide everything that's needed.

Obviously you do get inter team rivalry in sports clubs too, and kids do switch teams on occasion, but it's not about money. And the expectation in all the sports that I know anything about is that a talented child will continue to play for their local club alongside moving up to county/academy level, so having those kids on the team strengthens the overall club.  They bring back what they've learned and the whole team benefits. Which is of course what should also happen in dance schools, but there seems to be a tendency for it not to - it's more individualistic somehow.

Of course not all schools and teachers are like that, but I do think the fact that dance training is an industry, and one where the trainee often pays the trainer handsomely makes a lot of difference.

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